New York City Council calls for justice for Trayvon Martin

NEW YORK - A majority of New York City Council members, dressed in hoodies and holding Skittles candies and bottles of iced tea, held a press conference in front of City Hall this morning to express their solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin and to express their outrage at the fact that his murderer, George Zimmerman, has still not been arrested.

A resolution expressing the council's outrage was initiated by council members Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, and Melissa Mark-Viverito, D-Manhattan.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, D-Manhattan, announced that she will be introducing the resolution with Mark-Viverito and James, and that it "will condemn the killing, the weaknesses in its investigation and the lack of an arrest."

"Our resolution," said Quinn, "Will also call for an examination of 'Stand Your Ground' laws nationwide, including their impact on increasing the flow of illegal guns to New York City."

Quinn continued, "Trayvon Martin was killed for his gender and his race. By releasing George Zimmerman, the Sanford police was saying it doesn't matter."

Councilwoman James declared, "The demonization of black men has got to stop."

Robert Jackson, a member of the City Council from Washington Heights in Manhattan, said, "We have a quorum," and called for a symbolic voice vote right on the spot. All present said, "Yea."

Deborah Rose, a council member from Staten Island and head of the Council's civil rights committee, said, "Wearing a hoodie should not be a death sentence." Jumaane D. Williams, a council member from Brooklyn pointed out that the same problem exists in New York: "We have had an increase in local people murdered too," he said.

He reminded the crowd of the case of Amari Grahram, who was recently murdered in his own bathroom by the NYPD. Rose also pointed out that Republicans upstate had introduced a "Stand Your Ground" law into the State Senate. She declared, "We will not let it pass!"

Earlier, in what turned out to be a day of unity at City Hall, a predominantly Latino crowd of community, labor, youth and student leaders attended a press conference entitled "One voice-One Vote", "One Hundred Organizations United to get out the Vote."

The press conference announced a massive campaign to register New York City voters. Washington Heights Councilmember Ydonis Rodriquez spoke at the event.


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  • Have you read this, Jarvis? What do you think?

    Posted by Blackstar News, 09/06/2012 1:17am (2 years ago)

  • There are hundreds of articles about the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The outrage is not because a white man killed a black man -- but because the Sanford police department covered up the murder.

    - What if the police department were the NYPD?

    - What if the victim had been kidnapped and threatened with death by NYPD detectives?

    - What if the victim requested protection form the FBI?

    - What if the victim posted a Youtube video revealing felonies by a NY State Supreme Court Judge, and NAMED the people who were going to kill him?

    - What if the victim was then bludgeoned to death on a deserted street, miles from his home?

    - What if the ER doctor lied about the cause of death, claiming the victim died of an “aneurism” with "no trauma".

    - What if NYPD detectives illegally removed the body from the hospital hours after death and sent it to the morgue for cremation, claiming claiming "natural death".

    - What if the Medical Examiner contradicted the NYPD and the ER and ruled the cause of death “Blunt force trauma with skull fractures and brain injuries” & the manner of death "suspicious".

    - What if the NYPD denied all FOIL requests for information?

    - What if the Commissioner of the NYPD ignored letters requesting an explanation?

    - What if THEN - as in the Trayvon Martin case - the police refused to investigate?

    Those are the precise circumstances of the death of corruption whistleblower Sunny Sheu, yet not ONE mainstream media venue has reported this story.

    Posted by will galison, 04/09/2012 12:10am (3 years ago)


    Sunny Sheu, was a mortgage fraud victim who discovered that a NY Supreme Court Judge was complicit in the theft of his house. Sunny was kidnapped by the NYPD and threatened with death if he went to the press.

    He went to WABC news in New York and to the FBI requesting witness protection. He also made a Youtube video predicting his death

    On July 26th, 2010, Sunny was found bludgeoned to death in an alley on July 26th 2010

    Hours after his death, the NYPD illegally removed Sunny's body from the hospital, and sent it to the Medical Examiner for immediate cremation, with a note saying he died of an aneurism "with no criminality".

    The M.E. disagreed, ruling that the cause of death "blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries" and calling for an investigation.

    Sunny's body was authorized for cremated by a fraudulent executor with no relation to Mr Sheu, his family or friends.

    Two years since his death, there has been no investigation.

    The entire case is documented at

    Posted by will galison, 03/31/2012 1:42am (3 years ago)

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